The Party

18-20 April 2024

A new immersive opera by Russell Plows & Lente Verelst

“this brilliant and bonkers immersive experience” – Reviews Hub

“this is the best modern opera I’ve seen” – audience feedback

“I’ve been in many projects in Hull and this was one of the best” – volunteer performer


The Party is an interactive mystery opera set in the Princes Quay Event Space in the present day. The host has thrown an End of the World themed party but falied to arrive so it’s up to the audience to get the party started and organise the games. But who is really pulling the strings and to what end?


“With immediacy, intrigue and a surprise on every corner, this brilliant and bonkers immersive experience has all the traditional elements… woven into a simple and relatable plot.”

“This is community theatre, but not as we know it. The music is emotive and the actors perform with skill but the real star here are the lyrics – with a libretto deftly imagined by Russell Plows. Funny and often poignant.”

Christopher Holmes – The Reviews Hub

Audience Feedback

“original & engaging”
“loved the juxtaposition of chatty informality and beauty of song”
“beautiful music score”
“excellent singers & musicians and interesting storyline”
“fabulous, original, engaging, surprising”
“great singers, conductor was a joy to watch”
“excellent performers, liked the power of the ending”
“the music was beautiful, the singers and community choir so good”
“quirky, interesting, high standard of singing, different”
“atmospheric and immersive”
“very immersive, amazing talents”
“so different to what I’ve seen before”
“accomplished production, great singers and string quartet”


Madeline Robinson – Paris, an activist
Joanna Gamble – Janet Sands, a Hull Councillor
Ralph Thomas Williams – Rafe Abandon, an artist
Michael Jones – Maurice, a vicar
Neil Balfour – Navin, a hired waiter
Plus eighteen local volunteer performers

Music by Lente Verelst
Libretto & direction by Russell Plows
Musical Direction by Anita Datta
Design by Liz Dees
Lighting Design by Michael Allen

Supported by Arts Council England, Fenton Arts Trust, Sir James Reckitt Charity, Hull & East Yorkshire Trust and Hull City Arts
Hull Urban Opera